2007 Viñedos de Ithaca "Akyles" Priorat

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90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Glass-staining ruby color. Intensely floral bouquet evokes blackcurrant, cherry-vanilla, rose, magnolia and sassafras. Fleshy, deeply concentrated dark berry flavors verge on jammy but are braced by zesty minerality and dusty tannins. Very smooth on the finish, which repeats the sweet dark fruit and vanilla notes. This is already drinking well." (Sept/Oct '09) 89 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Vinedos de Ithaca’s 2007 Akyles Tinto is a blend of 42% Garnacha, 25% Carinena, 18% Garnacha Peludo, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 10 months in French oak. The fruit was sourced from younger estate vines and some was purchased. Purple in color, it displays a fragrant nose of cedar, mineral, spice box, lavender, black cherry, and plum. Sweet, ripe, and forward on the palate, this uncomplicated Priorat can be enjoyed over the next 8 years." (04/10)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2010 | Send Email
What a breath of fresh air in Priorat! Smoky dark berry fruit on the nose leads to a fresh, bright, palate, portraying a lightness of touch seldom seen in such a warm climate growing region. Viñedos de Ithaca is arguably making the most food friendly, enjoyable, easy to drink, finessed wines in all of Priorat. Relative to the regions' huge, intensely flavored and extracted wines, this may not be saying much, but to taste any of these wines is such a pleasurable experience, as well as an object lesson in how to make beautiful, graceful wines in a warm climate. Owner Joseph Puig is Priorat's renaissance man. At Viñedos de Ithaca, he is up to something truly unique in the warm, steep, slate terraces of Priorat, growing a diverse variety of grapes which include typical varieties (Garnacha, Cariñena, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon) as well as some more unusual ones (Touriga Nacional, Garnatxa Blanca, Pedro Ximenez). Puig's daughter Sylvia makes the wine, and like her other efforts it is an exuberant, fresh and fruit-driven beauty.

Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/27/2009 | Send Email
I find most Priorat wines to be a tad overwhelming with monolithic fruit and always out of reach price wise. The Akyles is by far once of the most balanced and yielding wines from this appellation with flavors of blackberries, loam, asian spices and a touch of smoke. This is also a Priorat that is within the reach of the common man like myself. As good as most at twice or three times the price.

Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/4/2009 | Send Email
Priorats can be quite extracted and intense, and overwhelming to the palate. Which is why I appreciate a wine like the Akyles, which offers a different, more easy-going interpretation of Priorat. It is as though its saying, "yeah, I could have been one of those guys, but I'm not. I'm better because you can actually drink me." Full-bodied and concentrated on the palate, showing baked black and blue fruit flavors and a little oak spice, with sturdy tannins and acidity, this wine remains balanced and accessible and can be enjoyed now.

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.
Alcohol Content (%): 15